Jose Mourinho sacked: 'Caption this', 'Do one' and other reaction to the news

After Manchester United sacked manager Jose Mourinho, United fans around the world have been sharing their reactions on social media.

18-12-2018

France facing up to clamour for rugby to change after spate of tragedies | Andy Bull

After three deaths in five months in France and with politicians now demanding answers, has the sport become too brutal?Last Wednesday Nicolas Chauvin was killed after he was injured playing rugby. Chauvin was 18, a student at the Paris Descartes University, and a flanker in the academy at Stade Français. He was playing for their under-21 team against UBB when he was caught in a two-man tackle that broke his neck, caused a cardiac arrest, and cut off the oxygen supply to his brain. Chauvin had signed with the club only in June but had made such a strong impression that he’d already been training with the senior squad. His family said the last six months were the happiest of his life. Related: 'He doesn’t play in a dinner suit': the 25 best rugby union quotes of 2018 | Robert Kitson Continue reading...

18-12-2018

Geordan Murphy: Leicester Tigers appoint interim boss as new head coach

Interim boss Geordan Murphy is formally appointed as Premiership club Leicester Tigers' new head coach.

18-12-2018

Kelly Slater makes miraculous recovery after near-certain wipeout – video

Kelly Slater produced a miraculous recovery to avoid a wipeout in Hawaii on Sunday. The 11-times former world champion surfer fell inside a barrel while competing at the season-ending Pipeline Masters event in Oahu, Hawaii. But Slater somehow managed to roll back on to his board and popped up into a standing position before squirting out of the barrel - much to the surprise of the American and those watching from the North Shore. Continue reading...

18-12-2018

IPL: Sam Curran bought for £800,000 and Jonny Bairstow for £250,000

England's Sam Curran attracts the third-highest bid in the Indian Premier League's 2019 auction while Jonny Bairstow goes for £250,000.

18-12-2018

Saints smother Panthers to close on home-field advantage for playoffs

New Orleans Saints 12-9 Carolina PanthersPanthers’ only TD comes from pass by RB Christian McCaffreyNew Orleans put the clamps on Cam Newton, and the Saints beat the Carolina Panthers 12-9 on Monday night to take a big step toward locking up home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs.The Saints’ defense, which has been among the best in the league the last six weeks, held the former MVP to 131 yards passing, sacked him four times and forced two turnovers on a night when Drew Brees and the offense couldn’t get much going. Alvin Kamara had 103 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown, and Brees had 203 yards passing for the Saints (12-2), who took a one-game lead in the NFC over the Rams. The Saints close the season at home against Pittsburgh and Carolina; the Rams visit Arizona and host San Francisco. Continue reading...

18-12-2018

London Irish to leave Madejski and share with Brentford at new stadium

• Brentford’s new west London ground will open in 2020• London Irish have played at Reading’s stadium for 18 yearsLondon Irish will play their home games at the new Brentford Community Stadium from 2020.The Championship leaders have reached an agreement with Brentford Football Club to play at the west London stadium, which is currently under construction and will have a capacity of 17,250. It is due to open in 2020. Continue reading...

18-12-2018

Monk's spectacular breakaway dunk leads top 10 plays of the week

Malik Monk's spectacular breakaway dunk for the Charlotte Hornets leads the NBA's top 10 plays of the week.

18-12-2018

Will the young stud quarterback become devalued in the modern NFL?

As the passing game becoming seemingly easier will teams pass on expending all their energy on finding the next great quarterback?If there’s one thing we can agree upon, it’s that the most precious resource in the NFL is a stud quarterback, and even more precious still, a young stud still on his rookie four-year deal. In the Moneyball realm of modern football, that’s the jackpot. It immediately throws open a multi-year Super Bowl window, and hands the franchise a stack of blank checks – in the form of early-round draft picks and free-agent contracts – that can be spread across several other key positions. And as long as quarterbacks are central to the team, it shall always be thus.If we need any more proof, well, just look at the past two decades, an era in which this particular unicorn has eluded the vast majority of the NFL. It’s been called “the hardest job in America”– something only football super-computers like Peyton Manning and Tom Brady can do, and if you don’t have one of them you might as well pencil in a 6-10 season right now. Continue reading...

18-12-2018

How can a sport worth billions spend just a pittance on fighting racism? | Daniel Taylor

As Herman Ouseley announces his impending retirement from Kick It Out after 25 years, a game that can gift Richard Scudamore £5m can surely fund the campaign properlyIt is probably a measure of the man – and the fact he would never draw attention to this himself – that I must confess that, until the last week, I did not realise Herman Ouseley had never received a penny in wages during all the years he has been at the forefront of football’s anti‑racism campaigning.He announced on Tuesday that he will be retiring from Kick It Out at the end of the season, when he will be 74, and it probably sums up the modern‑day sport that he will be lucky to receive a thank you from some of the clubs that decided a gold clock was clearly insufficient as a farewell gift for Richard Scudamore, the Premier League’s chief executive, if the alternative was to parachute £5m into his account. Continue reading...

18-12-2018

Hamilton would be world champion in a Mercedes or a Ferrari - Palmer column

In his latest column, former Renault driver Jolyon Palmer looks at the brilliance of five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton.

18-12-2018

Police investigate allegation of historical racist abuse in Chelsea youth set-up

• Police understood to have talked to former staff member• Inquiries relate to alleged abuse during the 1980s and 1990sPolice have been brought in to investigate allegations that black players in Chelsea’s youth system during the 1980s and 1990s were subjected to a “racist bullying culture” from members of staff.Detectives from the child-abuse investigation team at Northwood police station in north-west London are looking into a complaint that one of the teenage footballers on Chelsea’s books was the victim of assault during the years when black players as young as 11 allegedly had to endure harrowing racial abuse. Continue reading...

18-12-2018

FA Cup second-round replay: Connor Jennings scores long-range volley to give Tranmere lead over Southport

Connor Jennings scores a stunning long-range volley from outside the area to give Tranmere an early lead against Southport in their FA Cup second-round replay.

18-12-2018

Derby and Nottingham Forest share spoils in scrappy goalless draw

A blood and thunder East Midlands derby left neither side with much to cheer. Both were probably happy to settle for a point after a feisty game that was short of quality, with Derby moving up a place to fourth and Forest in seventh, a point outside the top six.Frank Lampard insisted the referee, Keith Stroud, had cost Derby victory after they were denied a penalty. Tom Lawrence appeared to be fouled in the area by Tendayi Darikwa midway through the first half but Stroud waved away the appeals. Continue reading...

18-12-2018

Ladbrokes pay punters after technical ‘glitch’ cancelled winning bets

• Bookmaker declines to confirm how many clients affected• ‘Goodwill’ payments made to unknown number of customersLadbrokes admitted on Monday that a long-standing “technical glitch” in its software for processing online bets may have led customers “to believe that their bets had been accepted, when in fact they had not been placed and no stakes taken”. It also said that “as a gesture of goodwill” it would make payments to a number of its customers whose cancelled bets would have been winners.However, the firm declined to confirm how many of its clients had been affected, how much money will now be paid out or why it had taken a year to admit to the problem. Ladbrokes’ insistence that stakes were not taken from clients’ accounts could also come under close scrutiny as further details of the glitch come to light. Continue reading...

18-12-2018

Unai Emery calls on Arsenal to show Tottenham respect in Carabao Cup tie

• Arsenal players criticised for derby victory selfies• Manager calls Southampton defeat a wake-up callUnai Emery has called on his Arsenal side to show Tottenham respect when they renew derby hostilities in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday, but insists that “emotion is very important” in building a successful football team.Arsenal’s players were criticised for posting selfies from the dressing room after their 4-2 victory over Spurs at the Emirates Stadium earlier this month, with Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino suggested such moments should be saved for winning trophies. Emery did not concur but said that any expression of emotion should be tempered, and that applies to both sides. Continue reading...

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